No. 22 Sooners Face Tough Road Contest

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 07, 2000

Feb. 7, 2000

STILLWATER, Okla. - Ranked 22th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, Oklahoma (19-3 overall, 9-0 Big 12) heads to Ames, Iowa, to face No. 9 Iowa State (17-3, 8-1) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Coliseum (14,092). This will be the only regular season meeting between the two top teams in the Big 12 Conference.

The game will be broadcast on KNOR (1400 AM) and KOKC (1490 AM) radio stations due to scheduling conflicts with KOMA. James Hale (play-by-play) and Jenny Bramer (analyst) will call the action.

Sporting a perfect 8-0 road record, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team (19-3, 9-0) is set for its toughest road contest of the season as the Sooners journey to Ames, Iowa, to challenge No. 8/9 Iowa State (17-3, 8-1) at the Hilton Coliseum on Tuesday.

Oklahoma sits at the top of the Big 12 Conference with a flawless 9-0 mark, while ISU stands at 8-1 in conference play.

The Sooners have won 18 of their last 19 games, including a huge 91-69 victory over Nebraska Saturday in Norman. OU routed the Cornhuskers by controlling the boards (35 to 28) and outshooting NU 55.6% (35 of 63) to 40.4% (23 of 57). Oklahoma also was credited with 12 more assists (21 to 9) and five fewer turnovers (18 to 23). Sophomore guard LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) explodedfor 20 first half points, while senior All-America candidate Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) picked up the pace in the second half, scoring 15 of her 26 points. Caufield and Whaley combined for 57 percent of the Sooners' points. Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) continues to be a solid contributor as she scored 15 points and point guard Stacey Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) added 10 points. Hill and Dales each grabbed five rebounds while junior Desiree Taylor (Richardson, Texas) came off the bench to post a team-high seven rebounds.

Senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) has been OU's leading scorer in 14 of the team's 22 games, including the last five outings against Big 12 schools. Whaley promotes her worthiness of All-America honors with her 20.0 points and 8.2 rebounds a game. She has unleashed 20-plus points against 12 teams and recorded double-digit scoring in all 22 games this season.

Whaley's support cast includes sophomore sensations LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales. Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is good for 14.6 points and a team-best 3.09 steals per game, while Dales (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) adds a team- and Big 12 Conference-best 6.32 assists a game and 12 points per try.

Freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) is one of the top newcomers in the league and probably the most consistent rookie among the Big 12 schools. Hill contributes 10.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.1 assists and shoots 50-percent-or-better from the field and foul line.

Iowa State has won 13 of its last 14 games, including three wins against ranked opponents. However, the Cyclones barley got by Nebraska on Wed., Feb. 2, with a 77-76 win in Lincoln.

The Cyclones are off to their best league start in school history with an 8-1 record. ISU's most recent conference win was an 82-64 home victory over Colorado Saturday in front of 13,215 fans, the second largest crowd ever in ISU women's basketball history.

Stacy Frese led the Cyclones with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Angie Welle grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and scored 15 points for her seventh double double of the season. ISU dished out a season-high 27 assists.

ISU is shooting 46.5 percent from the field, 37.0 from three-point line and 72.2 from the foul line. The Cyclones outrebounds their opponents, 43.1 to 32.8.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000
Arena: James H. Hilton Coliseum (14,044)
Radio: KNOR (1400 AM) & KOKC (1490 AM) - Live
Internet: - Live
TV: none

Probable Starters

F34Phylesha Whaley5-10Sr.22-2220.8.21st in ppg & rpg
F10Caton Hill6-1Fr.22-2210.67.32nd in rebounds
G20LaNeishea Caufield5-9So.22-2214.64.83.1 spg
G21Stacey Dales6-0So.22-2212.04.96.3 apg
G13Sunny Hardeman5-7Jr.22- apg

Off the bench (listed numerically)

C00Desiree Taylor6-1Jr.22-35.33.3
C15Jen Cunningham6-3So.21-02.42.2
G23Jadrea Seeley6-2Fr.22-08.72.0

Iowa State

F42Desiree Francis6-0Sr.20-1612.46.3
F51Megan Taylor5-11Jr.20-2012.37.3
C32Angie Welle6-4So.20-2015.28.8
G4Stacy Frese5-8Sr.20-2015.42.1
G22Tracy Gahan6-1So.20-206.74.3

Off the bench (listed numerically)

G12Erica Haugen5-10 Jr.20-22.91.7
G13Lindsey Wilson5-9Fr.17-05.51.2


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Oklahoma boasts an all-time 23-12 record against Iowa State. However, ISU has won the last four games against OU coach Sherri Coale. Prior to that, Oklahoma sported a 23-8 record vs. ISU.

OU and Iowa State series dates back to 1977 when ISU defeated the Sooners, 93-58, in Boulder, Colo. The Cyclones won three of the first four meetings between the two teams.

Frese leads ISU with 15.4 points per game and is shooting 48.3 percent from three-point range. Angie Welle (15.2), Desiree Francis (12.4) and Megan Taylor (12.3) also average 10-plus points. Welle and Taylor average 8.8 and 7.3 rebounds per game, respectively. The duo also has 28 of the team's 53 blocked shots.

Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
Year-by-Year Recap

1977L, 93-58Boulder
1979L, 80-69Lincoln
1980W, 87-77Columbia
1983L, 80-76Ames
1983W, 80-64Norman
1984W, 77-73Ames
1984W, 97-59Norman
1985W, 89-56Ames
1985W, 89-48Norman
1985W, 78-63Kansas City
1986W, 85-62Norman
1986L, 81-72Ames
1987W, 74-72Norman
1987W, 87-72Ames
1988L, 82-66Ames
1988W, 85-76Norman
1989W, 72-65Norman
1989W, 84-74Ames
1990L, 92-78Ames
1990W, 70-69Norman
1991W, 101-74Norman
1992W, 94-63Norman
1992W, 78-70Ames
1993W, 66-55Ames
1993W, 79-57Norman
1994W, 84-61Norman
1994W, 65-45Ames
1999L, 81-60Norman
1995W, 101-77Norman
1995L, 69-62Ames
1996W, 89-78Norman
1996L, 73-57Ames
1997L, 67-58Norman
1998L, 83-68Ames
1999L, 81-60Norman

OU is set for part I of Bedlam following Tuesday's game against Iowa State. OU travels to Stillwater, Okla., Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Oklahoma State (12-9, 4-5). The game is part of the Big 12 Conference television package with FoxSports Network.

Against Nebraska, freshman Caton Hill (Ada, Okla.) came up with an unbeliveable play in the second half that, for the most part, sealed the 91-69 victory for the Sooners. With the Sooners leading 69-54, Hill stole the ball with 9:55 remaining, while falling down near midcourt. Down, she had the ball taken away, then somehow stole it back and found Sunny Hardeman with a half-roll, half-pass. Hardeman then found Desiree Taylor for what turned into a natural 3-point play and for all intents and purposes, the game was over. "Effort plays change momentum," said OU Head Coach Sherri Coale. "That play at halfcourt . . . was completely demoralizing. I've been on the other side of that play and that's the way it feels."

Oklahoma is embarking on its toughest stretch of the season. Five of the eight games that OU plays in February are against upper-division conference teams. Three games will be played at the Lloyd Noble Center and two on the road.

In the nine games that Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 Conference this season, OU boasts a 13.6 points margin of victory. OU's biggest win were 28-point victories at home against Texas A&M and Baylor. The Sooners have handed three league opponents 20+ losses.

OU made it a goal at the start of the season to beat the five remaining teams that were perfect against the Sooners and Head Coach Sherri Coale. Oklahoma has taken care of two this season, Texas Tech, Missouri and Nebraska. The remaining three are Iowa State and Kansas.

The last time that Oklahoma's men's and women's basketball programs were ranked at the same time was during the 1994-95 season. There were three weeks that both programs appeared among the nation's best in the Associated Press poll.

Iowa State's Bill Fennelly (William Penn, 1979) and Oklahoma's Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian, 1987) could be labeled as two of the top up-and-coming coaches in Division I women's basketball. Fennelly, who guided the 1999 Cyclones to the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen," took over the ISU women's program in 1995. He has earned three NCCA tournament berths and two 20-plus win seasons.

Coale is on the verge of taking her first team in the NCAA Tournament and posting her first 20-plus win season this year. She has taken the Sooner women's basketball program from a 5-22 season in 1996 to a 19-3 record with sever regular season games remaining this year. Coale has two state high school championship titles to her credit.

Sophomore LaNeishea Caufield (Ada, Okla.) is automatic when placed on the free throw line in the final minutes of the game. The 5-9 guard has connected on 19-of-20 attempted foul shot within the last two minutes of action. On the season, she has connected on 112 of 138 foul shots for 81.2 accuracy.

OU is injury free heading into the game.

The University of Oklahoma athletic officials announced that KNOR AM (1400) and KOKC AM (1490) radio stations will pick up two women's basketball games this season. The radio stations will air the Iowa State and Oklahoma State games on Feb. 8, and March 1, respectively. Both games were scheduled to be taped delayed on KOMA (1520 AM) due to conflicts with the men's team playing at the same time. Tip off is at 7 p.m. for each game.

The Oklahoma Sooner Sports Properties will televise the Oklahoma-Texas women's basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. News Now 53 will air the game live locally.

Eight women's basketball players were honored at halftime of the men's OU-Texas game, a game that was a part of Big Monday basketball on ESPN. Players who were honored earned a grade point average of 3.0-or-better for the fall semester. Honorees included: Jennifer Cunningham, Shannon Selmon, Angye Tilley, Stephaine Simon, Phylesha Whaley, Jamie Mayer, Stacey Dales and Caton Hill.

With seven rebounds against Baylor on Feb. 2, senior Phylesha Whaley (Slaton, Texas) moved into the No. 2 slot on OU's career list. Whaley also ranks second in career points as she scored 20 against the Bears. She owns 1,941 career points and 811 career rebounds. Former Sooner great Molly McGuire holds both records with 2,147 points and 1,071 boards.

Sophomore Stacey Dales currently leads the Big 12 Conference in assists with 6.32 a game. She also ranks third in assists/turnover ratio (1.67) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.379). A year ago, Dales finished the season ranked fifth in assists and 13th in assists/turnover ratio.

Oklahoma's home average attendance of 2,521 fans ranks 29th in the nation according to an unofficial home attendance chart complied weekly by the Wisconsin-Madison Women's Sports Information Office. The 30,251 fans who have already witnessed the excitement of OU women's basketball this season surpasses last year's season total of 20,257. The Sooners are 11-1 when playing at home.

OU is 17-0 when leading at halftime, gaining more total rebounds, more defensive boards, and dishing out more assists.

The Sooners are also 15-0 when shooting and making more free throws and are 13-0 when shooting 50 percent-or-better from the field and when the bench scores more points than its opponent's subs.

Senior Phylesha Whaley was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 24. It marked Whaley's first league honor this season but her eighth career Big 12 Player-of-the-Week-title. The 5-10 power forward averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, two steals and shot 50 percent from the field (12-of-24), 60 percent from the three-point line (3-of-5) and hit 90 percent from the free throw line (9-10) as the Sooners defeated Texas and Colorado.

The Slaton, Texas, native played 37 of 40 minutes, scored 15 points, was 2-for-3 from three-point land, grabbed eight rebounds and pocketed two steals against Texas. Oklahoma became just the 42nd of 330 teams to beat the Longhorns in Austin at the Frank Erwin Center. OU won the game 76-73 on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

OU returned to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday, Jan. 22, to hand Colorado its fourth straight conference loss of the year. Whaley had game highs in points (21) and rebounds (9). She also was perfect from the foul line (6-6), shot 59 percent from the field and added two steals and assists to her total.

The Oklahoma women's basketball team first appeared among the nation's top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll on Jan. 31 and Associated Press poll on Jan. 17.

Oklahoma boasts an overall record of 19-3, including an 18-1 run in its last 19 games. OU is the Big 12's only undefeated team (9-0), men or women.

Prior to this year, the last time Oklahoma was ranked in the top 25 was on Feb. 28, 1995. The highest national ranking the Sooners have ever received was 11th in 1985-86. That season, OU was ranked for 16 consecutive weeks.

Two players, Phylesha Whaley and Stacey Dales, are ranked among the NCAA top players in scoring and assists per game. Whaley ranks 25th with 19.7 points per game, while Dales is 17th in the nation in assists, averaging 6.4 a game. (as of Jan. 31)

As a team, Oklahoma appears among the best in scoring, rebounding margin, field goal percentage and win-loss percentage. OU is fifth in field goal percentage, (shooting 49.3 percent), sixth in rebounding margin (+9.1), 11th in win-loss percentage (.850, 17-3) and 13th in scoring (79.7). (as of Jan. 31)

In the latest Collegiate Basketball News Women's RPI Rankings, the University of Oklahoma women's basketball team is ranked ninth in the country. (as of Jan. 31)

Only Texas Tech (8th) from the Big 12 Conference ranks higher than the Sooners.

The Ranking Percentage Index (RPI) is used by the NCAA women's basketball committee to supplement the selection of at-large teams for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is derived from three component factors: Division I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponent's schedule strength (25%). Games against non-Division I opponents are not used in calculation of the RPI.

The Oklahoma women's basketball team is the only program in the Big 12 Conference to ever be undefeated nine games into the conference schedule.

Oklahoma assistant coach Kristi Hayes resigned Monday, Feb. 1. Hayes, who had been with the program for seven months, cited her mother's illness as the reason for leaving the nationally-ranked Sooners.

OU matched its second longest winning streak in school history at 10 with a 91-69 win over Nebraska Saturday. The 1984-85 squad also accomplished this mark. The 1983-84 team holds the school record with 11 consecutive victories.

Oklahoma is 4-1 when playing a televised game.

Oklahoma set a record for the largest crowd to ever witness a women's sporting event in the state of Oklahoma when 10,713 fans watched the Connecticut game on Dec. 29. OU also set its fourth highest attendance figure of 5,512 against Colorado on Jan. 22. The 3,031 fans that watched OU thump Nebraska was the 15th largest crowd inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

OU's 45-point margin of victory over San Diego State on Dec. 21 was the ninth largest in school history.

Stacey Dales needs 13 assists to move to No. 4 (303) on OU's all-time assists list. She ranks fifth with 287 career assists.

With LaNeishea Caufield's 68 steals this season, the sophomore from Ada, Okla., ranks 12th on OU's career list with 141. She tied Terry Willis' 141 career steals against Nebraska Saturday.

In career blocks, Dales is tied for 15th with four this season, pushing her career total to 20.

Junior Desiree Taylor now ranks among OU's best in offensive rebounds with 121, ranking her 14th on the all-time list.

Junior Sunny Hardeman has moved from 13th to 11th on OU's all-time three-pointers made chart with 58. Hardeman has hit 23 this year, surpassing her previous season high of 22 set as a freshman in 1997-98.

OU's win against Baylor on Feb. 2 gave this year's team the best school record 21 games into the season, 18-3. OU is now 19-3.

Oklahoma became the first squad in OU women's basketball history to go undefeated in the month of January (8-0).



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